A smaller, quieter, more charming sister to Cannes, Le Cannet is just a few miles west of the French Riviera’s most glamourous city. Le Cannet is also now home to the first museum devoted to the French 19th and 20th century artist Pierre Bonnard. He led the Nabis movement, which rejected Impressionism and instead embraced the interaction between shapes and colours, particularly beiges and blues. With the exception of London’s Courtauld Institute, and a few other museums, Bonnard’s are not easily spotted. So for anyone who is a fan of this artist, Le Cannet is a must stop.
The Bonnard Museum opened in the small, hilltop town in June; a tribute to the man who spent the last thirteen years of his life there. The inaugural exhibition focuses on the light of the Mediterranean, displaying Bonnard’s most accomplished works completed in Le Cannet, many on loan from grand institutions like the Musee D’Orsay and others. The show begins with Bonnard’s discovery of the Cote d’Azur, and moves on to his interiors, including nudes of his wife in the bath (a favourite theme).
The south of France is awash with great museums devoted to the famous painters who gathered there, but the Musée Bonnard is a gem, not least because you’ll never find so many Bonnard pieces all in one place.
16 Boulevard Sadi Carnot
06110 Le Cannet, France